Journalist shot while investigating assault case

alerts-button.jpgA journalist in Phnom Penh was shot on the foot while trying to obtain information about an assault case, according to the Cambodian Association for the Protection of Journalists (CAPJ).

Sroy Nika, 27, a reporter for the biggest Khmer-language newspaper, “Raksmey Kampuchea”, was shot at a gas station in Chamkar Mon district, allegedly by the station owner’s son, on 4 November 2006.

Sroy Nika had been inquiring about a guard there who had allegedly beaten up his colleague’s 19-year-old son for urinating on a flowerbed at the station.

The alleged shooter and the guard concerned have been arrested and placed in police custody to await court charges.

CAPJ has issued a release urging the Government to ensure justice for Sroy Nika, saying it “will surely exacerbate [impunity towards media] in the country if the perpetrators [of the shooting] do not receive a severe punishment.”

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